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Chinese for Tomorrow, Volume 2, Grammar Book

Chinese for Tomorrow, Volume 2, Grammar Book

A New Five-Skilled Approach
ISBN:
9780887276095
Description

This companion Grammar Book to Chinese for Tomorrow, Volume 2 systematically explains grammatical principles of Mandarin Chinese. Based on a step-by-step progression, and published separately from the textbook in order to give students and teachers more flexibility, this book fulfills the grammar requirement for a second-year course in Chinese.

Grammar Book Features:

  • Selected sample sentences from the textbook; and the textbook provides numerous cross-references to the grammar book.
  • New grammar structures are explained through a variety of sentence patterns, which are immediately useful to students.
  • Exercises at the end of each grammar book lesson present conversational situations similar to those in the textbook, but allow students to practice new grammar structures with familiar vocabulary.
  • Each lesson explains the most basic grammar items selected from Levels A and B of the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Chinese Proficiency Test Program.
  • Includes answer keys.
  • Can be used by students of other textbooks since the grammar points discussed in the book are fundamental grammar points all learners are expected to know.

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
2008
Trim Size: 
8.5 x 11
Format: 
Paperback
Pages: 
400pp
About the Series

Typing Chinese involves entering pinyin, the romanized sounds for Chinese syllables, and then selecting the correct character. Learning accurate pinyin is crucial to speaking Chinese well, and in Chinese for Tomorrow, pinyin keyboarding forms the basis of a new learning method that lets learners use the language in a practical and engaging way very early on in their studies. The authors’ extensive field testing at New York University and elsewhere indicates that students using the Computer Chinese method learn Chinese characters more quickly, have better retention, and write more effective compositions than students learning by traditional methods. The Computer Chinese method is additionally useful for students who will take the new AP Chinese test, which requires computer interaction.

Chinese for Tomorrow treats computer input and handwriting instruction as complementary modes. Computer input forms an integral part of the first year of study (Volume 1), while handwriting is introduced more gradually and is more intensive in the second year (Volume 2). Textbooks are available in traditional or simplified character editions, and grammar books contain both traditional and simplified characters on facing pages.

In total, this course is projected to cover two years of study through a textbook with practice exercises, a companion grammar book, and online supplements. Each textbook and its companion Grammar Book are designed to cover one year of study at the high school or college level, when used together as part of a comprehensive course covering listening, speaking, reading, writing, and computer input. Within the textbook, concise explanations of language points help students grasp and use the language immediately as they encounter new words and phrases. The grammar book uses detailed explanations to help students gain a deeper knowledge and analytical understanding of the grammatical, phonological, and pragmatic systems of the language. This two-pronged approach to language learning frees students to focus on the most natural, relevant and interesting language in the textbook, while providing a structured, step-by-step program for mastering grammar in the grammar book.

About the Chinese for Tomorrow Series

Chinese for Tomorrow is a two-year Mandarin language series that integrates computer input of Chinese as both a fifth language skill and a practical tool to make the process of learning Chinese more efficient, effective, and rewarding. The complete Chinese for Tomorrow course includes a student textbook with practice exercises, a companion grammar book, a teacher’s manual, and online supplements for each year of study. The series includes two volumes—one volume for each year of study. Volume 1 and Volume 2 are now available.